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Evaluating impact of repeated exposure to high fidelity simulation: skills acquisition and stress levels in postgraduate critical care nursing students

Hardenberg, J, Rana, I and Tori, K ORCID: 0000-0003-4026-6842 2020 , 'Evaluating impact of repeated exposure to high fidelity simulation: skills acquisition and stress levels in postgraduate critical care nursing students' , Clinical Simulation in Nursing, vol. 48 , pp. 96-102 , doi: 10.1016/j.ecns.2020.06.002.

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AbstractBackgroundUnfamiliarity with skills and environment is an important contributor to occupational stress for critical care nurses. Simulation is an effective pedagogy for the development of clinical proficiency. Hence, it is important to research the impact of simulation exposure on both skills enhancement and stress levels.MethodParticipants were postgraduate intensive care nursing students. Data on clinical performance and participant stress levels (average heart rate) were collected during repeated high-fidelity simulation exposures.ResultsRepeated exposures indicated that skills were enhanced in the category primary assessment and consultation with doctor. The average heart rate was elevated during each simulation exposure. Repeated exposures did not attenuate participant stress levels.ConclusionEnhanced skills and familiarity with the environment do not necessarily reduce stress levels during simulated high-acuity scenarios.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Hardenberg, J and Rana, I and Tori, K
Keywords: simulation, nursing, critical care
Journal or Publication Title: Clinical Simulation in Nursing
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 1876-1399
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.ecns.2020.06.002
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Copyright 2020 International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning

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